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@thomasaroberts. plan "b," his speaker john boehner plans to go over the fiscal cliff. >>> and richard, save in syria, after being kidnapped with his news crew. he describes those details for us. >>> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. and have all of their current rates extended. >> well, two weeks until taxes go up on nearly every american, house speaker john boehner is making another game of political chess on the fiscal cliff. he and eric cantor announcing last hour that he would introduce a plan for the bush tax rates of those making $1 million or less. this news comes from president obama placed another counteroffer on the table, his third one in nine days. joining me in kristen welker, nbc news correspondent. chr kristen, what do you make in light of the boehner plan put on the table? the president unupped them here. >> you look at the polls, they show if we do in fact go over the fiscal cliff, the majority of americans would place the blame on republicans. so house speaker john boehner putting forward the proposal that would increase taxes on those makin
next an nbc reporter and crew making a daring escape after being kidnapped in syria. the redskins can lock in a playoff spot as soon as this weekend. we'll tell you how it could happen coming up.  [ femamale announcer ] here's to a whole world of happier holidays. time to enchant, delight and amaze. safeway will help you gather everyone round. a smoked, shank half ham is only 99 cents a pound. get breyer's ice cream for $2.48 and dessert will surely shine. make it a grand finale with starbucks just $6.99. turns out this season less is really so much more. so make your holiday merrier than ever before. safeway. ingredients for life. >>> nbc news correspondent richard engel and his crew are free tonight after kidnapped in syria. they were abducted last thursday. they were blindfolded and moved around to different safe houses. yesterday they drove to a check point manned by rebel fighters. the gun battle broke out and two of the kidnappers were killed. engel and his crew were not hurt. the rebels drove them into turkey where they were set free. >>> thieves
people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> wore following a developing story from syria where and nbc coarse poppeddent and his crew an dpowctd five days have been free. the richard engel and his team were captured last week. their release came yesterday during a fire fight ate a checkpoint. they are now out of syria. -- an nbc correspondent and his crew abducted for five days have been freed. en freed. richard engel and his team were captured last week. week. >>> the longest serving u.s. senator has died. hawaii's daniel inouye is being remembered by senate colleagues and president obama says he remembered inouye as a, quote, true american hero. back in 1941, inouye saw japanese planes bombing pearl harbor. he lost his right arm in the war and was awarded the medal of honor. he served in the sippet from 1963 until he died yesterday of -- he served in the senate from 1963 until he died yesterday of respiratory complications at walter reed. t stay with us. we'll be right back. k.  oh, you have a keurig vue brewer? oh, it's great! now i can brew my coffee just the
rescue. a reporter freed from captors in syria today. we'll update you on what happened there. live reports, up next. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting drivetoendhunger.org. in the drive to end hunger alriwoah! did you get that? and...flip! yep, look at this. it takes like 20 pictures at a time. i never miss anything. isn't that awesome? uh that's really cool. you should upload these. i know, right? that is really amazing. the pictures are so clear. kevin's a handsome devil that phone does everything! search dog tricks. okay, see if we can teach him something cool. look at how lazy kevin is. kevin, get it together dude cmon, kevin take 20 pictures with burst shot on the galaxy s3. >>> welcome back, everyone. a harrowing tale, a reporter and his crew held for five days in syria, no
before you switch. visit progressive.com today. >>> another deadly bakery bombing in syria. nine people today are dead including six children killed in an air raid while waiting for bread. it is the second attack on hungry civilians in as many days. one of the most shocking single events of this conflict. syrian warplanes dropping bombs on a bakery in hama province. the aftermath here, more than 100 killed while waiting in line. this amid reports six rebel fighters died after inhaling white gas. we're not sure what it is. the opposition says canister bombs were thrown at dissidents in the embattled city of homs. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut and lakhdar brahimi met with syria's president. before we get to that meeting, let's talk about the bakery bombings, the opposition is saying essentially once a town is, quote, liberated and taken over by rebels, the government's dropping bombs on lines of civilians waiting for bread on purpose in order to terrorize themohammed. >> reporter: that's right. the syrian government is saying that as of yet what happened was the work of terrorists
in the middle east and an end to the violence in syria. >>> coach chuck pagano will once again stand with his team on the sidelines. we'll have more on that inspiring story about the coach's cancer fight coming up. certainly is inspiring, and as we go to break, we'll look at christmas in flip-flops. wow, that looks great. how they are spending the holidays in the breezy bondi beach, australia. en to these hay progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. with two times the points on dining in restaurants,? you may find yourself asking why not, a lot. chase sapphire preferred. there's more to enjoy. santho, ho, ho!anta! santa! want to see some magic? watch this! merry chr... (crash) ow! i landed on my keys. did you get that? oh yeah. that was ama
to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed tw
charles durning. he died yesterday at his home. he was 89. >> ahead on "starting point," syria's government not letting up on its assault on its own people, and new concerns about a deadly mystery gas. we're live with the very latest on that. >> and video you want to see this morning. it could completely change space travel as we know it. it's an impressive development. that next. >> but first we go to break with a look at the christmas nights glowing in the negotiate in india. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest
and international envoy to syria are warning that syria's civil war is threatening the fragile stability of the mideast. u.n. arab league envoy rahimi met with russian foreign minister lavrov in moscow today. they're trying to bring the regime and rebels to the bargaining table. >> you know, the only alternative is really help for political process. then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for particular causes. it is difficult. it is very complicated. but there is no other choice. >> but despite the international appeal for a peaceful political transition, fighting continues to rage in syria. syrian opposition activists say at least 88 people have been killed just today. >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure is headed to president obama who's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at the controversial foreign surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one of the most controversial tactics used by former president george w. bush and his security team to fight the war on terror. the
failure. >>> there are signs that russia may be finally changing its position on syria. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and other stories in "the situation room." what have you got? >> this could be a significant development. syria's civil war rages on and the death toll rises. russia has officially invited the head of syria's opposition for talks. the invitation comes despite russia's criticism of the u.s. and other nations that recognize the syrian national coalition as the country's legitimate representative over president bashar al assad. >>> and an historic drought in america's midwest is threatening navigation and commerce of the mississippi river. sharply lower water levels and ice that is slowing water flow could disrupt critical barge traffic. contractors are working to remove rock formations in an effort to maintain a deep channel. >>> and america's population growth is slowing down. the government says it's due to lower birth rates during the economic recession and lower immigration numbers. as we start the new year, there will be 315 million people in the united states. t
you look at her record on syria and africa, it was not good. maureen dowd said rice is too automaticbitious and unprincipled. dana milbank said her attitude was a problem . hillary clinton begin the choice between john kerry and susan rice. said i would rather have john kerry. he can talk for hours and not say anything and speaks french. >> gretchen: i was doing studio b . and he was probably uncorking the champagne. there is supposedly a report on benghazi coming out. usually they make the announcements on friday. could it be the report is coming out today as the friday release or sometime soon? will that mean hillary clinton will not testify on december 20th if she wants to run for president, and moderate republican susan collins, the senator, maybe she was the final nail in the coffin. when she came out and said she still had questions. if moderate republicans would not say yes, it was over. >> brian: i don't agree with charles krauthammer. i - a lot of nave i seals and military people want to know why they were sacrificed. an drea mitchell has a staggering review what t
. >>> to a pair of startling and devastating attacks in syria. it was a couple of hours ago. nine people, six of them children, were killed. this was in a raid on a bakery. that is according it to an opposition group. the attack comes a day after more than 100 folks died at another bakery. this is when planes dropped bombs as they were waiting in line for bread. we have the story, and we want to warn you that some of the these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror, a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery. a bakery where hungry civilians had been standing in line to get bread. one eyewitness reached via skype described the grizzly aftermath. >> translator: from 200 meters away i could see corpses as i walked towards the bakery. the people cannot be described. bodies piled on top of each other. it was an impossible scene. there was no word to describe it. >> reporter: he says he was one of the first on the scene filmed this video. the wounded are carried away as rebels and civilians dig up mangled corpses from the rubble. shock and g
that syria may be considering the use of such weapons against rebels. new this morning, this mayor of this town along the border with turkey told cnn that jets dropped two bombs wounding several people. >>> it is 18 minutes past the hour. we are getting an early read on your local news making national headlines this story from "the boston globe." a year after the paper found that stores and restaurants across massachusetts were intentionally mislabeling fish. guess what? the practice continues. dna testing shows some business are showing cheaper, lower quality fish instead of what is written on the label. in one case, slices of what were supposed to be white tuna at a sushi shop were an oily species of fish that can cause digestive issues. that's terrible. >>> the "new york times," this story got so much attention locally here and around the nation. the homeless man who received a pair of shoes from a selfless police officer. reporters caught up with him on the upper west side and his new boots were nowhere to be seen. jeffrey hillman said the shoes are hidden because they are wort
to the bloody civil war in syria and there's new word from the defense secretary leon panetta that the assad regime appears to be slowing its preparations for the possible use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. all this as an activist group inside syria claims they are in full control of a massive military base not far from the country's largest city. national security correspondent jennifer giffin is following it from the pentagon. hi, jennifer. >> reporter: hi, alisyn. the pentagon never officially acknowledged the intelligence reports that the components for sarin nerve gas had been mixed. u.s. officials spoke on background about the intelligence that suggested there were signs it was being readied for use. though they would never give specifics about which syrian base, for instance, they had indications was making the alleged preparations. today defense secretary leon panetta en route to the middle east appeared to backtrack. >> at this point the intelligence is really kind of leveled off. we haven't anything new indicating, you know, any aggressive steps to move forward in that w
you. it's 7:14. new this morning reports from syria that at least 16 people were killed today by a bomb blast near a school. this is video of the blast site. the state news agency said a car packed with explosives exploded in a residential area. reportedly at least half of those killed are women and children. also this morning for the first time russia which is syria's most important ally said the syria president is increasingly losing control and the opposition may eventually win the civil war. >> there is an urgent demand from business executives from the federal reserve chairman to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. taxpayers are fed up with the delay. >> reporter: while democrats and republicans on capitol hill are digging in their heels, taxpayers say its time to compromise. take a look at this nbc wall street poll. 68% of democrats and 66% of republicans say its time to meet in the middle when it comes to spending cuts and taxing the wealthy and more than half of independent voters feel the same way. also federal reserve chairman demands a deal. he said the longer
a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same position six years ago but resign because of health problems. he helped his party dominate elections last month. he promised to revive the economy and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and
a major blow to the government of syria. the general of military police appeared on television last night and announced he was defecting and joining the rebels. while dozens of generals have left since the crisis started in march of last year he is one of the highest ranking officers to abandon the government. senate taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a united states base in afghanistan. officials say a car bomb went off at the gates of camp chapman. it killed a security guard and two drivers. it injured six civilians. the base has been targeted by attacks in the past. >>> egypt has a new constitution. the president signed it into law. more than ten million voted to support it but more than two thirds did not participate. critics say it passed to quickly. human rights watch said it protects some rights but undermines others. >> russia's president could soon decide if americans should be ban from adopting russian children. the government voted in favor of such a ban. russian activists say it deprives children of the chance to leave orphanages. it's a response
defection. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. >> well, syria's military police chief reportedly has fled to turkey on a scooter after plotting his escape for three weeks. in a video posted online, a man purporting to be the police chief accuses the government of carrying out massacres of innocent civilians and he says the military is nothing but armed gangs that kill. he says is he defecting to, quote, join the people's revolution. and the recovery in the housing market remains on pace. home prices rose 4.3% in october over last year, that is it the biggest percentage increase in more than two years. near record low mortgage rates and fewer foreclosures are helping spur sale which is in turn is boosting prices. and the world's longest high speed rail line is up and running and it's in, where else, china. the 1428 mile line spans more than half the country linking the capital of beijing to the southern chinese bloom city. trains will run at 186 miles per hour. >>> and civil rights icon nelson mandela has been discharged from a south africa hospital. 94-year-old former president will conti
to ban autonomous weapons outright. bonnie points to syria and wonders what killer robots could do in a conflict like that. >> because the weapons are emotionless, they could serve as a perfect tool for a dictator who would not have to worry about the danger of a human soldier turning on him if ordered to fire on his own civilians. a robot would not do that. >> reporter: when you're talking about a weapon that doesn't have the capacity to feel any compassion for its victims, it opens up all kinds of ethical questions that the pentagon and really militaries around the world are going to have to grapple with over the next 20 years. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >>> and we want to show you some live pictures now of abbas returning home to the west bank of his successful bid to make palestine a non-member observer state to the u.n. once again, these are live pictures here just in to cnn. >>> well, he filled up four entire passports and never got on a single flight. yes, can you believe that? we'll tell you how this globe trekker made his way to every country on earth and set a wor
she's collected. >> in syria the new normal is unimaginable to you and me. that's next. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting drivetoendhunger.org. >>> syria's government blaming rebels for a deadly car bombing today. the bombing near a mosque in the city of homs killed 15 people and wounded several others. the bloody war started 20 months ago with more than 40,000
.s. is sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey top defend against rocket attacks from syria. >> we are deploying two patriot batteries here to turkey. along with the troops that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very well need in dealing with threats that come out of syria. >> now defense secretary panetta made that announcement while meeting with u.s. troops at an air defense in turkey. >>> time is running out for congressional leaders in washington, d.c. to come up with a fiscal cliff deal. as ktvu kyla campbell reports the uncertainty is definitely hurting the economy. >> reporter: pam, stocks dropped slightly on wall street yesterday. economists say it's all because there is no deal in sight. president obama and house speaker john boehner met again face to face last night but there is no fiscal cliff agreement. speaker boehner plans to head home for a long weekend today and says he's available by phone to negotiate. both sides say the lines of communication remain open. that is not enough to keep investors a
political inspiration. the civil war in syria already tragic on a dwloebl scale. took a shocking turn for the worst today. [ yelling ] >> this is a small village in western syria. more than 100 people were killed in a bombing here. some say the death toll is higher. according to witnesses, syrian military -- a syrian military jet dropped three bombs on this town on the spot where scores of people were standing in line for bread. >>> a ban on proezs doughfied in new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high pressure water hoses. demonstrators hit the streets after a woman was gang-raped on a moving city bus last weekend. they're defending the toughening of india's rape laws. meanwhile, further knott a protest over the assault of another woman turned deadly wrash a video journalist was killed by police gunfire in protests there. >>> one of the most senior navy s.e.a.l. officers is dead in afghanistan. investigators believe he killed himself. this is the officer i'm talking about. navy commander joe w. price, 42 years old. a pentagon official says there's no indication he w
to the tragedy still going on in syria. i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology. during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and twist at which timers and facebook posts and i can imagine you, don, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and tragic, maybe a better path towards eventual peace in the u.s. i'm not predicting it for 2013. the last is the gay marriage story. you can't legislate love, but you can support love when it's there. and i think people are growing and progressing and i think ultimately that's a big story for this year, as far as evolution is concerned. >> you know, it's interesting. as you were reeling off those stories and those are just a few of them, having to cover these stories, you wonder why we aren't -- the news people aren't the most depressed people in the world. but then the viewer is also taking it in at home, and it has to be affecting them as well. >> of course. it absolu
recent power grab. >>> and two days after internet crashed in syria, the coverage wi was restored today. what actually caused it is not clear. but others say it is the work of bashar al-assad's regime. most of those killed in and around syria and aleppo, cnn's arwa damon visited aleppo, and found a nation gripped by civil war. >> reporter: to the tune of jingle bell, a chant in aleppo, with original lyrics. hand in hand, we are all hand in hand, they say, until we get rid of assad. the overwhelming crowd here, for democracy, but also some carrying black flags for islamists. let's agree that each has a right to their perspective. a show of unity, but later islamist groups take up their own chant. the people want an islamic state. when we say we want an islamic state, it means that every citizen will have their rights, he says. islam respects the rights of others, but according to their interpretation. one says, i should cover my hair. twenty-five-year-old hussain says he is not worried they will take over the country. syria is beautiful, a nation of many colors, he says, whether they lik
and take a look at this scene, he was running across a field. we will have a live report from syria. it went off -- it was a bomb blast that went off by a school in damascus. it exploded in a residential area. reportedly at least half of those killed were women and children. also for the first time, he had reportedly losing the civil war. >>> house speaker john boehner and president barack obama do not seem to be any closer to avoiding a fiscal cliff. continuing negotiations into the next year. >>> they say they will announce governor jerry brown has been diagnosed with early prostate cancer. governor jerry brown did not reveal anything about his cancer when he met in silicone valley with ceos yesterday. >> he was as he always is, insightful, cite tall and violent. one would never know in they will be treated with therapy and they say the prognosis is excellent. you will find more on our website about the governor's diagnosis and there is a full statement released from his office. just look on the hot topic section. >>> pam and dave good morning to you both, incase you are just join
, they were actually giving out toys to kids. >>> new reports coming in from syria. at least 16 people were killed in a damascus suburb. a car packed with explosives are reportingly washington. they stay they may actually win the civil war. >>> president barack obama and house speaker john boehner do not seem to be any closer on averting that fiscal cliff. ben bernanke said the lack much progress is already causing problems for the u.s. economy. >>> governor jerry brown will continue to work a full schedule while he has prostate cancer. he is being treated and when he meat with them in san jose... >> one would never have known there are health issues going on in that 74-year-old body and we actually enjoy the conversation. >> brown will be treated with radio therapy and the prognosis is excellent and the treatment will be completed januarypth you -- january 7th. we also have the full statement released by his office, just look for the hot topic section. >> let's go to sal because something is happening on the bay bridge the san mateo bridge, the traffic so far has not been too too adversely
on youtube. he says syria's army has deviated from the mission to protect the country. >> the two firefighters who survived the sniper ambush in new york will be upgraded to satisfy tri condition. the two firefighters who were killed will have funerals on sunday and monday. nbc's david gregory may have violated dc's gun laws during "meet the press." he held up a high capacity magazine. the police department is now investigating that. >> thank you very much. up next, big news if you drive a toyota. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's paym
in israel, palestine and syria. this year midnight mass was moved up two hours to 10:00 p.m. to accommodate the ageing church leader. >>> clear skies kept travelers on track at sfo today after long de lay this is past weekend. as atly reports, this day before christmas is a busy one. >> the security line snaked throughout terminal 2 in san francisco international airport this morning. travelers shuffled through to chasm flights to arrive in time for christmas morning. >> everybody twoonts go home and see family. >> friday, december 21st, was technically the businessest day of holiday travel season for sfo with 130,000 people passing through, but christmas eve isn't too far behind with 120,000 airline passengers expected to. for some holiday traveler, the last-minute journey was a matter of price. >> i picked the 24th because it was, like, $250 less than what was on saturday or sunday and what was on tuesday so it was obviously a good choice to do it. >> for other travelers with busy schedules, christmas eve was their only choice. >> i had to book this today because of work, but -- but we're
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ofd all five by someew were captured in syria, some rebels. they held them five days in a secret location. were blindfolded and bound and for five days. they were transporting the crew on monday when they were stopped at a checkpoint by some police officers. firefight. two of the captives were killed. richard and the rest of his crew not harmed in the incident left the country and now and save scare. we do know that the network is saying they are thankful for prayers. richard is safe and sound and out of harm's way. back to you. >> thank you. now to jacqui jeras. good morning. to find out what's happening with the forecast. >> a little patchy fog this morning. not nearly as bad as out there but it's especially west of the metro. it will shape up to be a pretty decent day overall. trying to get you into the spirit. we have been putting meteorologist adam caskey out see some holiday lights. g us from the mormon temple. >> live at the visitor center ofsecurities as christ latter-day saints. display.light and a wholerounds parking lots have been list of banned its put a big smile on
want the latest on syria. leon panetta did not say what new intelligence information he says -- he has about bashar al- sadr. the defense secretary said it is not to raise fears that they are considering to use chemical weapons. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely. the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> diplomatic efforts to end the 21-month conflict has failed. opposition activists say that 42,000 people have been killed. president obama is warning egypt's president that the recent violence is unacceptable. the admonishment came amidst another round of violent protests outside the presidential palace. mohammad marcy tried to calm his supporters with a national -- morsi try to calm his supporters with a national address. >> a navy veteran is behind bars after being accused of providing classified information. he. in federal court to face a spin -- and charges. the retired submarine warfare specialist try to give information on how to track u.s.submarines to undercover fbi agents claiming to be repr
:15. in syria, the new military commander of the rebel says he's closely monitoring the syrian government's chemical weapon sites but right now they don't have what it takes to seize and secure them. the new rebel commander who defected from the syrian army says he's very afraid that president assad will use the chemical weapons on his own people. syria reportedly has one of the world's biggest chemical weapons arsonnals. >>> happening right now in washington, d.c., a closed door briefing at this hour is focusing on top-secret information about the deadly attack on the libyan consulate. here's more. >> reporter: the panel called the security at the consulate in benghazi grossly inadequate and the panel blames lack of security for the deaths of chris stevens and three others. many point the finger at secretary of state hillary clinton. she claims to take full responsibility for this. clinton will be sending top state department deputies to testify in her place after suffering a concussion. john bolton says clinton is faking her illness to avoid testifying. a state department spokeswoman sa
on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded over whether arming educators is the answer. this is utah, hundreds of people attended a free gun training class especially tailored to teachers and other school employees, some of them already are sold on this idea,
will also expire for many people. >>> international envoy working to end syria's civil war worries won't be able to help. one man said bashar assad discussed possible steps forward but has made little progress because both sides seem to be more interested in fighting. >>> authorities in india used violence to stop a week of rape protests. armed police beat police with sticks. they are protesting the brutal rape of a woman on a bus. prime minister said the government would take tough action to prevent these crimes against women. >>> 47-year-old joe price died on saturday from a noncombat injury. a military official says his death is being investigated as a suspected poll san jose a strict new policy goes into effect at camp pendleton. marines will be subject to random breathalyzer tests twice a year. .01% or higher, those who blow that will be refer to counseling. a single drink can produce a blood alcohol level of .01 -- .10%. >>> richard adams died last monday at his holiday home after getting some kind of illness. he fought for bay rights after a marriage license he received in color
for world peace and called for an end to the violence in syria. he also urged christians to make room for god in their fast- paced lives. >>> thousands of people are celebrating christmas in bethlehem. a midnight mass was born in nativity. the israel's tour ministry expects 75,000 people to visit which is actually a drop from last year. >>> new this morning while troops in afghanistan may not be able to spend christmas with their families, they are still getting in the holiday spirit. u.s. and afghanistan forces celebrated the day together. hundreds of troops in kabul kicked off the day with lunch. they had turkey, everything that goes with it. soldiers had the hardest part being away from their children. >> christmas is the time when people get together and they share and we eat good food. it's not as bad as it seems but i was wish i was home with my family. >> the joint celebration comes as the u.s. troops begin to handoff responsibility to the troops in 2013. >>> queen elizabeth and her granddaughters arrived at st. mary magdalene church. prince philip was there. prince william was
to introduce chemical weapons into the conflict. secretary of state hillary clinton also warned syria of a swift response from the u.s. if chemical weapons are used. >>> as the fiscal cliff looms president obama is digging in his heels. ktvu alison burns reports the president says the wealthiest americans must pay higher taxes. alison. >> reporter: the president is refusing to agree to anything else unless taxes are raised on the wealthiest 2% of americans. in fact, there are some reports this morning that the president isn't even going to hold any other face to face or one on one meetings with republicans until they cave on that demand. john boehner was at the lighting of the if christmas tree last night. republicans are instead offering to close tax loopholes and limit tax deductions that favor the wealthy while extending current tax rates for the middle class. frustration is clearly growing on both sides. >> speaker's proposal right now is is still out of balance. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here sparring back and forth in public. it strikes me as a good time to get ser
it a highly provocative act. >>> in syria the main opposition group is being recognized by the obama administration as the sole legitimate representative of the syrian people. the state department said al nuzra is a front for al-qaida. >>> there's fighting in the streets of belfast again tonight. the battles have been going on for a week. age old rivalries between protestant and catholics. >>> the votes are in and the results mean facebook users will no longer have a say in policy changes on the site. more than 670,000 users voted this week. but the menlo park company said 1/3 of its users would have had to vote about 300 million people would have had to vote for it to count. >> sunny vale based yahoo unveiled their redesign today along with new apps for smart phones and tablets. analysts say yahoo remains the number one e-mail service in the u.s. but g-mail is closing in. >>> tis' the season for face painting and kids having a lot of fun. even a seal in a santa outfit. we're going to show you some of the holiday spirit that was on display inside at&t park. >>> bill martin is trackin
in syria. >> the last four days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we appreciate all the help. the last five days were days that we would rather forget. >> reporter: the journalists were able to escape. engel said his captors were part of a government militia. he said he and his team were kept blindfolded, bound and subjected to mock executions. >>> a gunman killed five pakistani women working on a u.s. sponsored polio vaccination campaign. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack but in recent months the taliban has spoke out against polio vaccination efforts. >>> in japan, a 115-year-old man says he is overwhelmingly happy to learn he has been crowned the oldest person. a japanese official says if kimora lives until december 28th he will be the world's longest living man ever documented. >>> in the ongoing battle between apple and samsung. both sides scored victories but on different continents. yesterday a judge rejected a lawsuit. both sides claim patent infringement. >>> a local san francisco grocery chain with th
that help our economy grow. >> in news overseas the bodies of the dead are being carried away in syria today. at least 397 people were killed saturday. that is the deadliest day so far in the 21-month long civil war. another 52 died today. the joint u.n. arab league envoy said the situation is rapidly deteriorating but that a solution is still possible. >>> in massachusetts boston's mayor lifted a snow emergency a little earlier today. more than a foot of snow fell on several towns across that state overnight. crews are clearing tons of snow in the gillette stadium now preparing for the patriots/dolphins game this afternoon. >>> keep it here as the clock ticks to the fiscal cliff. we are live on capitol hill and at the white house. plus we'll be back with a full hour at 2:00 p.m. eastern here in the cnn newsroom. we'll see you then. >>> it was one of the most important diplomatic missions in history. also one of the most clandestine and risky. four decades ago henry kissinger, then president nixon's national security adviser, secretly flew to china beginning a string of meetings that would e
the violence in syria. he also urged the new leadership in china to give people there more religious freedom. >>> families in the south bay enjoying a winter wonderland tonight in north america. the entertainment included live shows and games. wonderland will stay at north america through january 4. children four years and under get in for free. >>> a lot of fresh new snow in the sierra tonight and an incredible example of human nature. a chain installers mission to return a lost wedding ring. >> ch >>> a manhole cover exploded in downtown san francisco this evening. pg & e says it was caused by an underground vault fire. the blast happened around 5:00 this evening near the corner of third and mission street. the intersection was closed to traffic for a while as crews put out the fire. no one was injured and there was no power outages. >>> investigators have found a note and human remains at the home of a man who's accused of deliberately setting a fire and then shooting and killing two firefighters that arrived at the scene. david lee miller has the new details emerging on the man at the ce
found no evidence of banned weapons use by syria. >>> the side of a huge aquarium suddenly gave way. the 33-ton fish tank was filled with sharks in a shanghai shopping mall. the surveillance video shows a man being swept away from the rush of water. 16 people were injured. investigators blame cheap materials used for the fish tank. and the mall has no plans to rebuild the tank. >>> the ports that would be affected by a strike handle an estimated 40% of the nation's containerized cargo. and some experts say a work stoppage would have a chilling effect on the nation's economy. >>> the transportation security administration says it confiscated a record number of firearm this is year at u.s. airports. the latest figures from tsa shows 1,527 guns were confiscated. the tsa doesn't keep track of what happens to the people after the weapons are found. local law enforcement agencies handle any arrest. a tsa spokesman also reported a passenger traveling from jfk airport in new york tried to take 26 stun guns on a flight in his carry on bag. >>> the best places for men to live, according to me
by syria. >>> the side of a huge aquarium suddenly gave way. the 33-ton fish tank was filled with sharks in a shanghai shopping mall. the surveillance video shows a man being swept away from the rush of water. 16 people were injured. investigators blame cheap materials used for the fish tank. and the mall has no plans to rebuild the tank. >>> the ports that would be affected by a strike handle an estimated 40% of the nation's containerized cargo. and some experts say a work stoppage would have a chilling effect on the nation's economy. >>> the transportation security administration says it confiscated a record number of firearm this is year at u.s. airports. the latest figures from tsa shows 1,527 guns were confiscated. the tsa doesn't keep track of what happens to the people after the weapons are found. local law enforcement agencies handle any arrest. a tsa spokesman also reported a passenger traveling from jfk airport in new york tried to take 26 stun guns on a flight in his carry on bag. >>> the best places for men to live, according to men's health magazine san jose is the second be
on around the world, what are we doing in syria while the jihaddist groups are taking over syria? what are we doing in libya? now there are reportedly 19 countries -- >> gretchen: let's show the map. >> 19 countries where al-qaeda groups, affiliate groups are spreading throughout africa, in addition to morocco, sudan and for the administration to have said nothing about this during the campaign was really clearly by design. it was designed to show that the president had won the war on terror. >> gretchen: i think the line was, you know, osama bin laden is dead and al-qaeda is on the run. and then there was the unfortunate situation of benghazi. >> right. which is another -- again, this is a terror group we now know and i think the administration knew all along, that this was a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11. we have now learned that a lot of the weapons that we supposedly sent to the libyan opposition were hijacked and taken by the terrorist groups. you have terrorist groups in syria that are leading the charge against the government there. >> gretchen: but do you find it
. >>> syria's vice president is reportedly calling for a national unity government with wide powers to bring about an end to that country's civil war. the comments come as a fresh round of violence shakes syria. said to be taken after syrian government planes bombed a palestinian refugee camp near damascus on sunday. a uk-based human rights group says at least eight people were killed there. meanwhile, vice president farouk al sharia told the lebanese newspaper that neither the rebels nor the current government has the ability to reach an end point. an opposition group says at least 150 people were killed across syria on sunday. >>> south carolina governor nikki haley announced that congressman tim scott will replace outgoing senator jim demint. haley said she was looking for a conservative fighter. he thanked his mother for not quitting on him. >> when you start out in a single parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day, and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as bright and you're living in charleston, south carolina, you build the strength that comes from having apprecia
to a democratic congressman about how she thinks we can stop the talling off the fiscal cliff. >>> in syria's capital, damascus, two bombs, ten dead. one a car bomb exploded in a damascus neighborhood, the other a shelling at a bakery in a suburb. syrian state tv calls it a terrorist explosion. >>> bp agreed to pay up for its role in one of the worst oil spills in history and now a judge has signed off on it. they settled for an estimated $7.8 billion the money to go to thousands of businesses and people affected by the spill. they pled guilty last month for the explosion that killed 11 people. >>> millions of us are getting ready to travel for the holidays and are already on the road. the bad news, if you're driving, gas prices just hit a speed bump. after falling for most of last month, the average price per gallon is up 1.2 cents to $3.24. the good news, that it's about the same price it was a year ago. >>> drivers in the middle of the country also have to deal with this. take a look at cleveland, ohio. as a major winter storm raced through there yesterday. the day before, the blizzard l
that they were, quote, just looking for bread. meantime, an international peace envoy for syria who just wrapped up fresh talks with president bashar assad said that the two had discussed taking, quote, many steps to help end the violence. ♪ gregg: back in washington, d.c., anxiety is rising over a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes by january 1. the growing number of lawmakers say they are deeply skeptical that a deal can be reached in the next seven days, and we're beginning to hear new reports suggesting the president may have a smaller deal in mind, one that will keep tax rates where they are and, again, put off the issue of spending cuts. chris stirewalt, fox news digital politics editor, host of "power play" on foxnews.com, chris, good to see you. i was reading your recent column, i want to put a portion of it up on the screen, and i'll quote you: gregg: explain what you mean. >> a cheerful christmas thought, gregg. [laughter] merry, merry. no, when we look back at 2012, if you take a minute and look back at the arc of this year in politics, what you saw was the smallest -- it
after being kidnapped and held captive in syria for five days. they were driving in what they thought was rebel-controlled area when a group of 15 gunmen wearing ski masks jumped out and pulled them out of their car. they put the three men in a truck and blindfolded them. they threatened to kill them over and over again, pretended to shoot them. firing the gun into the air. the three men were eventually freed by rebels. they just arrived safe flee turkey. here is angle in his own words. >> we were driving in syria, about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks, heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen, rebels who were escorting us. they executed one on the. so then took us to a series of safe houses and int
in syria. the pope celebrated christmas eve mass at st. peter's basilica in the vatican city yesterday. here's video of the pope distributing communion during the/íiz' mass. >>> 7:56 right now. we thank you for spending a litt of your christmas morning with the kron 4 morning news. we'll be back with more in just a couple of minutes. let's take a live look from our mount tam cam. it's a little hazy out there this morning. we do have a change. we have rain on the rain coming back to the area and snow in tahoe. >> good morning and merry christmas to you. here is a live look at san francisco as we take a look at weather this christmas day. and we've got things changing. you can see the clouds in the background there. i guess there's more on the way. hi, annie. >> good morning, darya and mers to you. we're looking at pretty good rah san rafael. we'll zoom in here to show you. nevada, some neighborhoods gettu can see we're going to expect widespread rain by this afternoon. here's a look at your future cast. going to show you where and when. we're looking at cloudy skies to start off the m
changed? i just came from a long trip, russia, syria, israel, egypt. here's what happens in what i call a hyperconnected world when you're a columnist now. when i started, i was a reporter in beirut in 1982. all i wanted to do was tell americans something they didn't know from beirut, okay? well, that was pretty easy because, you know, there was no cnn back then. you couldn't really follow the news. there were no bloggers. now when i go abroad to write a column, i just wrote from egypt this morning, what's in my head is i'm not looking to tell just americans something they don't know about egypt, still pretty easy. what i aspire to now is actually to tell egyptians something they don't know about their own country. in other words, my job has changed because i know i have readers there. i have bloggers there. i'm so connected to that audience that it isn't enough for me anymore in the old days just to tell people in chicago something new about egypt. i've now got to tell people in egypt something new about egypt if i want to keep my job. >> exactly. and we ask these questions and make th
to insurgents in syria. >> and he'll be played by peter sellers in the movie. >> the rat deserting the sinking ship. that is the rat deserting the sinking ship. >> how many -- there have been a number of defections at the top of the syrian government. >> lots to go there. >> but the guy in charge of preventing defections is particularly ironic. >> it is ironic. >> is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end. just keep watching moscow. as the russians pull away from assad and the syrians, that will be an indicator of how long these guys have to last. 20 # 13 will be the end game. we have to know what comes afterward. we'll watch what happens. >> want to do another paper? >> you want me to do it? >> no, go ahead. >> "the cedar rapids gazette." new numbers show a disappointing holiday sales season with retail growth up less than 1% from last year. some analysts are calling it the worst for retailers since the financial crisis. stores across the country are hoping for a sales bounce after christmas and are doing pretty much anything they can to bring shoppers back into stores beca
damon is one of a few western journalists in syria tonight. she's reporting citizens of aleppo are returning home or in some cases to what's left of their homes. many buildings are left in ruin due to fighting between opposition fighters and government troops. plus, food and water is hard to find. but that's not stopping people from returning with hopes that opposition forces may be getting the upper hand in the civil war. >>> a faculty member and one other person were killed at casper college in wyoming today. before the attacker apparently committed suicide. police say there were no firearms involved but that the attacker used some type of sharp-edged weapon. >>> and this surveillance video could show one of the two winners of the $587.5 million powerball jackpot. it's from a gas station in maryland. witnesses say he walked in to check the numbers and lo and behold, they matched. he hasn't officially come forward as the winner. a family in missouri has been confirmed as the owner of the other winning ticket. ashleigh? >>> we are just two days away from cnn heroes, an all-star
consensus is growing that syria's president's days are numbered. russia now joining in. could stronger laws have prevented that gun violence in oregon? we'll talk to brady campaign president dan gross. andrea mitchell reports is next right here. gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone...but her likes 50% more cash. but i'm upping my game. do you want a candy cane? yes! do you want the puppy? yes! do you want a tricycle? yes! do you want 50 percent more cash? no! ♪ festive. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. what's in your wallet? but some things never get old... marie callender's dutch apple pie with fresh fuji apples and a crust made from scratch... it makes home at the holidays even sweeter. marie callender's. it's time to savor. we create easy-to-use, powerful trading tools for all. look at these streaming charts! they're totally customizable and they let you visualize what might happen next. that's
doors today before the house and senate foreign affairs committees. an unclassified version said syria's bureaucratic mess mismanagement was as of will for the inadequate security at the mission and benghazi where the u.s. ambassador and bay area native christopher stevens and three other americans were killed. schools and keep >> schools and use on the mind of the nation these days. the students at montclair elementary school in oakland got just that assurance from the oakland police apart. oakland police chief howard jordan showed up at the school to show his appreciation for all the kind words and wrote him a few months ago. steve jordan says he wanted the kids to know that the police are approachable, responsible and will keep them safe at home and on the streets and at school. >> up dozens of people gathered in pleasanton's amaral park to mourn the loss of so many lives in last week's conn shooting. singing songs, praying and lighting candles they bonded together to express their pain. >> pleasanton as much like a small town in new england and this could have easily been a our com
seen that in somalia, what is going on in syria right now, and it is about those particular weapons. i look out and realize that two years ago, i conducted a town hall just like this in the aftermath of the shooting of congresswoman gabrielle giffords and the killing of those people around her in tucson, some of the same people who were there are here today. victims, families, all people crying out for at least at the very least, a dialogue, a sensible, rational conversation, a national discussion where we're not afraid to call it like it is. and that means to bring everybody to the table. that also means, piers, and i think everybody here would probably agree, it means cutting down the strawmen that are raised up when people get freaked out about this conversation. this is not about taking people's guns away. it's not taking the hunters' guns. not about the sporting guns. not about the private protection gun. it is about sensible gun laws. semiautomatic weapons, the kinds of things that make killing industrial strength, and i'll tell you, there is cause and effect. there are other cou
in syria's central hama province. the strike hit a town recently seized by rebels in a new push to take territory in hama. rebels have been fighting the government of president assad for 21 months. south korean officials say the rocket launched by north korea earlier this month shows the reclusive nation has developed the technology to fire a warhead capable of reaching the united states. despite international condemnation the launch seen as a boost to the credibility of north korea's new leader jim kim jong-un. monti credited with saving italy from a financial meltdown after stepping into the prime minister's role following the resignation of silvio berlusconi. monti's resignation sparked concern italy may slip back into a recession. president obama and member hers of the senate will gather today to say good-bye to
have the initiative to buy a plane ticket and go to libya, syria, and start reporting on the war, within a year, you can be an established war reporter and that is a wonderful thing about journalism, but also extremely dangerous. >> tell me about your personal experience. obviously part of the reason you wrote this book was because of your friend. you also wrote it based on an experience you had when there was a moment you were in a war zone and realized it could be me. >> i was in sierra leone, at a rebel check point. these guys stepped out of the jungle with machine guns and basically threatened to kill everybody. they obviously didn't. i spent about 15 minutes trying to get myself ready for that and obviously, it was a 15 minutes i thought i was going to be executed and it was a 15 minutes that really changed me and so, i wrote about that in the article for "vanity fair", but then later, i thought wouldn't it be interesting if we ratcheted it up a bit fictionally to figure out what happens in a situation like that, like they do start killing people. how do you react? >> it's i
uprisings in the middle east from egypt to the tragedy still going on in syria, i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology -- during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and facebook posts from people. so i can imagine you being a cnn employee, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and tragic might be a better path towards eventual peace in the middle east. i am not predicting it here for 2013, i think that's a big story. the last one i think is the gay marriage story. i think we're finally understanding you can't legislate love. but you can support love when it's there. i think people are growing and progressing. and i think ultimately that's a big story for this year as far as evolution is concerned. >> thank you, wendy. >>> next on cnn -- 2012 is almost history. but what's the takeaway? comedian dean obeidallah schools us with his top ten lessons of 2012. >>> the end is nigh. nigh? we're about to lea
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